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Semantiken von „Arbeit“ in diachroner und vergleichender Perspektive

Wann 08.07.2010 um 18:30 bis
09.07.2010 um 20:00
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19 und Kath. FH, Karlstr. 63
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Konzept und Organisation:

Jörn Leonhard, Direktor und Internal Senior Fellow
Willibald Steinmetz, External Senior Fellow


Semantiken von „Arbeit“ in diachroner und vergleichender Perspektive

It is well known that definitions of “work” and the drawing of boundaries between work and non-work are subject to historical change. Who “works”, what is classified as “work”, how this “work” is socially recognized, changes – and sometimes very quickly. This is evident in the rapidly increasing number of compound terms that include the element “work” (“care work”, “family work”, “Beziehungsarbeit”, and so on. We might also add the German term Bürgerarbeit, referring to a welfare-for-work approach to long-term unemployment. It is also self-evident that cultures and specific eras always contain a large number of contested or even contradictory concepts of work, which point to power differentials and conflicts in specific work situations and which compete for recognition in these contexts. We may also assume that definitions of “work” cross cultural and historical boundaries, adapt to new realities in the wake of processes of reception, appropriation and translation or anticipate and shape these realities conceptually. While these general observations may be quite uncontroversial, we know very little about the actual processes of semantic change surrounding the term “work”, or about the reasons for such change and its social consequences – both from a long-term, diachronic perspective and in terms of the comparative analysis of linguistic communities, nations and world regions. The aim of this workshop is to examine some initial hypotheses that might advance this vital debate while also exploring more far-reaching questions.